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News from within the borders of Russia and the fight for LGBT equality there. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, ignited an international firestorm in the summer after signing the so-called gay propaganda law, which prohibits positive depictions of LGBT people in the Russian media. Russia is a country in southern Eurasia. It is also the world's largest country, although it ranks eighth most populous. Russia has a rich cultural heritage, and has contributed such figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Anna Pavlova, and Igor Stravinsky.
WATCH: Band Behind 'Gay Bar' to Perform in Russia
November 18 2013 5:09 PM ET

WATCH: Band Behind 'Gay Bar' to Perform in Russia

Nicholas Cimarusti

A performance of the absurdist rock song from Detroit-based band Electric Six could spark outrage if interpreted as 'gay propaganda.'

Russian Journo Claims Gays Caused Meteor Strike
November 18 2013 3:40 PM ET

Russian Journo Claims Gays Caused Meteor Strike

Sunnivie Brydum

Arkady Mamontov also anchored an exploitive 'documentary' that aired on state TV warning of the 'threat' of 'homosexualists who attempt to infiltrate our country.'

Shots Fired at Moscow Gay Nightclub
November 17 2013 5:54 AM ET

Shots Fired at Moscow Gay Nightclub

Trudy Ring

No one was injured, but the attack continues the spate of antigay violence in Russia.

WATCH: Russian Gov't Spying on LGBT Activists Meeting With HRC, All Out
November 14 2013 3:27 PM ET

Russia Is Spying on LGBT Activists Who Meet With HRC

Sunnivie Brydum

A so-called exposé that aired on Russian television this week reveals that government officials recorded private conversations between LGBT activists and international human rights organizations in October.

Russian Newspaper Accused of Violating 'Gay Propaganda' Law
November 14 2013 3:04 PM ET

Russian Newspaper Accused of Violating 'Gay Propaganda' Law

Trudy Ring

A story about a teacher who was fired for being gay drew the attention of media regulators.

Russian Orthodox Activist Spared Jail Time for Attacking Gay Demonstrator
November 12 2013 3:11 PM ET

Russian Orthodox Activist Spared Jail Time for Attacking Gay Demonstrator

Sunnivie Brydum

Religious anti-abortion activist Gleb Likhotkin reportedly fired multiple shots at a gay demonstrator carrying a balloon that personally offended him.

WATCH: Donald Trump 'Evolving' on LGBT Rights
November 11 2013 6:49 PM ET

WATCH: Trump 'Evolving' on LGBT Rights

Michelle Garcia

Right before the Miss Universe pageant went live, Donald Trump talked to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts about LGBT rights in Russia and marriage equality in the U.S.

Neo-Nazi Flees Russia to Avoid Prosecution for Beating Gays
November 11 2013 3:12 PM ET

Neo-Nazi Flees Russia to Avoid Prosecution for Beating Gays

Sunnivie Brydum

The leader of a homophobic gang of nationalists has fled Russia after authorities began investigating a recent video in which the neo-Nazi trapped, humiliated, and beat a gay man from Iraq.

Senators to IOC: Make Sure LGBTs Protected During Olympics
November 11 2013 3:08 PM ET

Senators to IOC: Make Sure LGBTs Protected During Olympics

Trudy Ring

Twelve senators question the International Olympic Committee on its reaction to Olympics host Russia's antigay law.

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Blasts Anti-LGBT Law on Russian TV
November 10 2013 4:04 PM ET

Thomas Roberts Blasts Anti-LGBT Law on Russian TV

Sunnivie Brydum

Speaking with the government-backed network RT just before he cohosted the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Russia, Roberts called the national ban on so-called gay propaganda 'definitive discrimination.'

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Hasn't Personally Experienced Russian Homophobia
November 08 2013 4:10 PM ET

WATCH: Thomas Roberts Hasn't Experienced Russian Homophobia

Sunnivie Brydum

The out MSNBC anchor filed reports from Moscow about Russia's anti-LGBT laws, the Miss Universe competition he's there to host, and the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

WATCH: Fired Gay Russian Journo Tells Thomas Roberts 'It's Time to Be Open'
November 06 2013 2:38 PM ET

WATCH: Live from Moscow, Thomas Roberts on Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Out MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts strolled through Moscow with Anton Krasovsky, a fellow gay journalist who was fired for coming out on the air on his Kremlin-backed network earlier this year.

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